The Right Choice for Irregular and Dry Eyes?
Some people are unable to wear traditional contact lenses due to irregular corneas or other issues. For a long time, glasses were the only option. Just as contact lenses marked a major technological revolution when they entered the market, scleral contacts offer another major innovation.
Fortunately, if you are in Orlando, Hunter Park, Lake Nona, or anywhere else nearby in Florida, you can contact Uptown Eyecare. Our optometrists would be happy to speak with you.
Optometrist Talk: When Scleral Contact Lenses are Needed
Contact lenses are a great option for people who would traditionally need to wear glasses. Some people prefer a glass-free look. Others do not want to deal with clunky glasses that can slip off. Yet many people cannot wear traditional contact lenses because they have either dry eyes, irregular corneas, or both.
Yet even if you have irregular corneas, you may still be able to wear scleral contact lenses. Why? These lenses feature a wider than normal diameter. Once the contacts are properly in place, they rest on the white of your eyes, not the cornea. Often, irregular or misshapen corneas are no problem.
Some people cannot wear contacts because their eyes are dry. Unfortunately, regular contacts are often irritating to people with dry eyes. However, scleral lenses can act as a fluid reservoir, helping to moisturize your eyes. This will make wearing contacts more comfortable and reduce your need for eye drops.
Some people suffer from keratoconus, which is a progressive thinning of the cornea. If you suffer from this condition, scleral contacts are often recommended instead of traditional contacts. Likewise, some post-LASIK patients still need to wear contacts and scleral lenses may be the best option.
Of course, you should speak to an optometrist to determine if these lenses are right for you. Often, you will need to undergo scleral contact lens fittings. If you have previously been told that contacts aren’t right for you, make sure you get a second opinion from another optometrist.
Scheduling Scleral Contact Lens Fittings
Suffering from dry eyes, irregular corneas, or another issue that prevents you from wearing traditional contacts? You should speak to an optometrist. Properly fitted scleral lenses may be an option for you. However, you may need to have your eyes examined before a decision can be made and options offered.
Then, you will have to have the lenses fitted specifically for your eyes. Fitting can be a bit complicated, but a skilled optometrist can both help you determine if scleral contacts are right for you, and if so, how to properly fit them.